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BRICE PRAIRIE/WEST SALEM — Daniel “Dan” Lee Hesselberg, 57, of Brice Prairie, formerly of West Salem passed away while fishing in Sparkling Lake, Ontario, Canada, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

He was born Sept. 4, 1959, to Joseph and Barbara (Balmer) Hesselberg at St. Anne’s Hospital, La Crosse. Dan graduated from West Salem High School in 1977. He married his soul mate and love of his life, Mindy Helming June 23, 2000. Dan was previously married to Nancy Wehrcamp and to this union was born a daughter, Danielle Jo. Upon marrying Mindy, Dan gained another daughter, Sarah.

Dan worked for the railroad, Labors Local 140. He later became an operating engineer Local 139. Dan then worked for NSP/Excel Energy until his retirement.

Dan was very proud of the fact he was an Eagle Scout. His passion was visiting with family and friends, never meeting a stranger. Dan was always willing to toast a beer with family and friends. His love for fishing started with his Grandpa Fritz, his dad and brothers, which he passed on to his grandsons. Dan loved shooting trap and was member of the Coulee Trap League for 29 years. He was an avid Packers fan and Mindy was an avid Vikings fan, making for some very interesting games. Dan was so proud of being able to spend his retirement time with his mother and father in Arizona, where he, Mindy and Dad spent countless days exploring the Superstition Mountains on his four wheeler and jeep. Dan’s ability to fix anything or any problem was amazing. Dan will be sadly missed by his family and friends and his wiener dog, Fritz.

Survivors include his wife, Mindy of Brice Prairie; his parents, Joseph and Barbara Hesselberg of West Salem; daughter, Danielle; stepdaughter, Sarah Helming-Olsen; sister, Rebecca (Keith Magnuson) LaForce of Bangor; brothers, Eric (Heidi) Hesselberg of West Salem and Adam (Michelle) Hesselberg of Mound City, S.D.; father-in-law, Ken Helming; brother-in-law, Mark Helming; sister-in-law, Melissa Neumann; grandsons, Aven Hesselberg (and special friend, Dennis Gullickson) and Jackson Hershberger; nieces and nephews, Nathan LaForce, Sara (Jason) Wullf, Jon (Alison) LaForce, Elliot, Evan and Ean Hesselberg, and Paige and Julia Hesselberg; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Gertrude Balmer and Joseph and Ann Hesselberg; mother-in-law, Norma Jean Helmig.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at St. Leo The Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamlin St., West Salem. Father Douglas Robertson will officiate. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, following the funeral service, at the church. A private burial will be held. A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Berg-Hemker-Olson American Legion Post 51 of West Salem, 145 S. Leonard St.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at

Memorials are preferred and may be directed to a scholarship fund for a West Salem High School Eagle Scout or Nasa (North American Squirrel Association) which benefits handicapped and disabled sportsman to hunt and fish.)

All fish that have made it to heaven will be in trouble.

Rest in peace Dan, we will always love you.


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